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Fear Dominates at Immigration Protests in Austin, Houston

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Anti-immigration protestors at a demonstration at the Mexican consulate in Austin, July 18.
Sarah Mortimer
Anti-immigration protestors at a demonstration at the Mexican consulate in Austin, July 18.

During the evolution of the recent border crisis, Texas has seen no outbursts like the one that took place in Murrieta, California, when a raucous mob blocked the arrival of Central American migrants to a detention center in the town. But given the character of the state’s politics at the moment, it seemed inevitable that there would be demonstrations of some kind.

We’re in the middle of an election year in which rhetoric on the border has been particularly heated—occasionally verging on naked racism—so Texas seemed ripe for more directly expressed anger. But the first incarnation of those protests took place today, and they were pretty underwhelming. Gatherings organized by the conservative group Overpasses for America took place at dozens of locations throughout the state, with more set for tomorrow. Most protests didn’t appear to be well-attended, or well-organized. In major cities, the protests took place outside Mexican consulates, for reasons passing understanding—it’s the surge in immigrants from Central America that’s at issue—and which left the distinct impression that this crowd was not particularly well-read about the origins of the current crisis.

But these protests are never really about policy: They’re about the accumulation of assorted resentments. Of the 20 or so people that gathered at Austin’s Mexican consulate on Friday, several seemed mostly concerned about the Benghazi attacks. Several called for the impeachment of President Obama. And talk about the border was fairly unspecific. Curiously, for a crowd that saw the open border as an existential threat to their freedom and prosperity, they faced away from the consulate and toward the street, unconcerned with the steady stream of Mexican nationals getting consular services who wove in and out of Gadsden-flag waving oldsters.

Shelly Kramer, one of the protesters, urged Perry to deploy the National Guard. Perry has spent much of the last few weeks trying to convince these people he’s their man: But the border, as is its wont, remains insecure. Many believe “securing the border” is just around the corner, and well within the government’s reach, if it just went a bit further. Kramer likened America to a soiled dove, peddling its wares too cheaply.

“America means so much to me, and I feel like they’re cheapening it and giving it away for free. So it really bothers me,” she said. “The administration—this was an agenda on their part. And it’s so awful to use children.”

Many of the protestors, like Kramer, believe the recent surge in migrants is someone’s grand plan—for something. One man held a sign reading, “Today’s illegals, tomorrow’s Democrats.”

A small number of protestors also gathered at the Mexican consulate in Houston.
Fauzeya Rahman
A small number of protestors also gathered at the Mexican consulate in Houston.

In Houston, a similar protest took place near the Mexican consulate there. Liz Theiss, with a group called Stop the Magnet, told the Observer that the only way to stop illegal migration was to make the country an inhospitable place for migrants.

“Our focus is to go after the businesses that are hiring them, or the Republican politicians that are hiring them,” she said. “A lot of these unaccompanied minors, 18 to 20 percent, are gang members. They’re very dangerous, we don’t know what their true names are or their health situation. They’re completely unvetted and being dumped off in cities across America. Americans are not allowed to weigh in. They’re not allowed to weigh in whether or not they want these people in their community. This is tyranny.”

In Austin, protestor Rachel Brunson, holding a sign with the hated hammer and sickle, said that “Mexico and the countries of Central America are working together to get these kids here,” and that Obama is helping them. She knows this because of the emails she’s gotten from her friends, and the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

She read one of them to an Observer reporter, a piece by conservative writer Rick Wells, who alleges House Speaker John Boehner is a pawn of the American Communist Party and that Mexico is flooding the United States with child migrants to bring the country to its knees. The Observer gently suggests that some of Wells’ assertions may not be true. “Many things we’re told aren’t true,” she says, a knowing look on her face.

Why would Mexico want Guatemalan minors to come to Texas? There’s a pause. “I’m not sure,” she says. “They must have a reason.” What’s the reason? A longer pause. “I’m not sure,” she says. Then she realizes the answer. “To hurt us. To break our economic system.”

She doesn’t like Perry, who has failed, in his 14 years in office to “secure the border.” She likes Ted Cruz. The people here love Cruz. Several have signs that echo Cruz’s call to action: “Make DC Listen.” Cruz, of course, is Cuban-American, and Cubans have long benefited from their special status as political refugees in this country.

But that hasn’t stopped Cruz from taking a particularly hard line on refugees from countries whose present situation is dire. He intends to derail any bill addressing the current crisis that doesn’t include rolling back DACA, a program which offers limited protection from deportation to immigrants who came here without authorization as children.

In other words, Cruz doesn’t just want all the people currently detained deported, he wants to expand the scope and scale of deportations. Imagine one day that the child of a Honduran migrant currently in a detention facility has become a United States senator from Texas, and that child tells her children: “In the bad old days, in my father’s time, there was a man who wanted us gone from here named Ted Cruz…”

Sarah MortimerThe people at this protest are fringe, but Cruz and friends have real influence. And they are responding to the populist anger generated by groups like these. Why are these people angry? They’ve been told a lie: That the border can be totally secured, locked down like you would a bank. It can’t—not really. You can put more people on the border (though it’s very unclear what the National Guard could really do) but migrants will never stop coming, and neither will smugglers.

For years, these activists have been told, by people like Cruz, that the border can be “secured.” But it doesn’t happen. It’s easy to understand why they’re so mad about it. The lie has been told for so long that even politicians seem to believe it: Dan Patrick won his primary campaign by telling it, and he’ll be accountable to that promise if he wins and takes the state senate’s gavel in 2015. Future state Sen. Bob Hall is one of a number of conservative activists who has generated an interesting view of the Texas Constitution, which allows the state to deploy massive state power against an “invasion.” This is one of them, they say.

In theory, it should be possible to tackle both aspects of our immigration problem at once—increase enforcement while expanding legal immigration. But that’s not the political reality of the moment. The crowds at the Mexican consulates on Friday may not have added up to much, but they’re a reminder of why this issue has become so intractable.

  • RoB

    While this is a good article, I am disappointed that y’all do not point out that there was a counter protest of these anti-immigrant groups in Houston that was larger than these folks. While that need not be the point of your article, no one would know that people opposed this racism from reading your article. Was there a counter protest in Austin?

    • kid_you_not

      What racism? Is supporting immigration not racism? Are Mexico’s laws, where they aggressively lock up illegals, racism?

      There was no counter protest in Austin.

    • Jason Smith

      Racism? You fool. People who scream racism on this issue are often the same race as those they point fingers at. Absolutely comical.

    • RoB

      There is video of the protests here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_PLXucbVfQ). While I appreciate the depth of this reporting is much greater, it still seems like an oversight to be the only news organization that i have been able to find that covered this and did not mention there was a counter protest. You have the page space to mention it, it is disappointing.

      • kid_you_not

        What is there to “protest”? They are openly supporting criminals? Now, are they supporting ALL criminals or just criminals that “look like them” EH???? Behold the true racists.

        • RoB

          You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

          – Leviticus 19:34 (ESV)

          • Jason Smith

            The Hebrew word is not stranger. It is sojourner. Temporary inhabitant. You know, like someone on a student visa. They are expected to go home. (Also, this verse is spiritual in nature. It has nothing to do with illegal aliens.)

            We are not beholden to the Law of Moses any way. We are supposed to be under the Law of Christ.

          • RoB

            If you happen to be spiritual, you are called to be kind to people seeking asylum. If you are some kinds of godless atheist you could continue to want children to be sent back to extremely violent places, but I still don’t think that you should.

          • Jason Smith

            Kindness is not defined the way you suggest. Helping a person become self-sufficient would be kind. Teaching them to be dependent is slavery.

            America is the most charitable nation on the planet. In any event… These people must bloom where they are planted.

          • AmericanCITIZEN

            Nobody is suggesting that children be treated cruelly. Children only make up a small percentage of who is coming over here. The US send millions of dollars to these countries. They need to learn to take care of themselves.

          • Laura in LA

            Check out the comment above about “vermin” — not everyone is as thoughtful as you.

          • Laura in LA

            “Under the Law of Christ” — only if you’re Christian.

          • Big Jake

            Not many of those around. But irrelevant. Theft is sin. Breaking and entering is sin. Sloth is sin. Border crashers fit the profile. Deport them all.

          • DMJo

            Sojourners are travelers, which means they move on. These people are not sojourners. They mean to stay and take as much from us as they can.

        • Laura in LA

          Really? You believe only Latinos “that ‘look like them'” would support these immigrants?

  • kid_you_not

    You guys had the article written before the event. Standard underwhelming boilerplate propaganda.

    “it’s the surge in immigrants from Central America that’s at issue—and
    which left the distinct impression that this crowd was not particularly
    well-read about the origins of the current crisis.”

    Oh, how did they GET here? THROUGH MEXICO! Ooops it would appear the writers at this site are not very well informed about the issue, eh?

    “Of the 20 or so people that gathered at Austin’s Mexican consulate on Friday”

    More were across the street – clever bit if dissembling there.

    “In theory, it should be possible to tackle both aspects of our
    immigration problem at once—increase enforcement while expanding legal
    immigration.”

    So this site is a mouthpiece for the elites? For it is the elites who love immigration leading to a declining middle class. Maybe you need to decide what your real goals are OR be more honest about them because you are not here.

    • Keith Dannemiller

      @kid-you_not. Sounds like its not only the people in the crowd who are not particularly well-read. What part of ‘Central America’ don’t you understand? Those countries and Mexico are all sovereign nations with individual constitutions, laws and customs. Mexico serves solely as a necessary transit point for these refugees. Migration levels from Mexico these days are basically at zero, and the current crisis that these pendejos are protesting involves overwhelmingly migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. So the question remains, ‘Why protest in front of the Mexican consulates?’

      • Jason Smith

        Mexican immigration is at near zero because 40 million Mexican nationals are here as it is. Not to mention the Obama economy sucks so badly that even those who come here for work won’t find it.

      • kid_you_not

        Remove the word “necessary.” Changes everything you said. Explain why it is “necessary.” Necessary for what?

        • Vargas Larson

          If you’re traveling from Central American to the United States by land, you have to cross through Mexico. That’s the sole country on the U.S.’ southern border. Logistically, of course it’s necessary.

        • Keith Dannemiller

          Excuse me. How’s this sound? Mexico serves solely as a transit point for these refugees. Still just as true. If your walking or riding from Central America, you must pass through the badlands of Mexico. You like that better?

      • geronl

        Mexico and these other countries signed an agreement to help illegals transit through Mexico and into the US.

        • Meghan

          Listen up ppl, stop fooling yourselves, central American countries dont have the power USA does.. America does everything for a reason, they have a plan under hand n mean while youguys are fighting ,they are fulfilling what.must go down.. This children can’t just come in without government help, HELLO?? They are children and howcome they are not dying in the process of crossing the border like adult inmigrants have? There is superior help… This was meant to happen in the USA… AMERICA been ready for it, it has a purpose that’s why they ain’t doing much.. Besides Ask your self where you are really from or your ancestors? America was built from all over tge world.. Everybody inmigrated and became an American and forgot where their Family really is from. IGNORANCE IS SUCH A SHAME.ON YOU..

    • Jason Smith

      Why expand legal immigration at all? We need to put a stop to all of it before we wind up like China with 100-mile long traffic jams, pollution, and a horrible quality of life. The boat is full. Time to help the poor of the world by teaching them how to bloom where they have been planted.

      • kid_you_not

        So true. And you know what is funny is that LIBERALS have long agreed. Look up Barbara Jordan. Look up Cesar Chavez! LOL! This is why the GOP needs to be told, in no uncertain terms, that if they push this immigration nonsense (trying to be Democrats) they will lose but if they did the opposite they would win (they would gain many who vote Democrat and those who don’t vote at all.)

        Vice recently did a documentary about the new normal of permanent temporary workers. WHY? They, being liberals, did balk at actually making the point this is due to too many people here but you can’t escape it. Challenge liberals if this is what they want – if this will help the working class they claim to represent:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waeMkka60po

    • Vargas Larson

      Yes, Mexico is between Central America and the United States. That still doesn’t explain why protesting at the Mexican consulate is a more logical choice than protesting at the Honduran or Guatemalan consulates.

      • kid_you_not

        Why do they even have consulates here?

        • Vargas Larson

          Gosh, that’s just how diplomacy works, I suppose. There are consulates for Indonesia, Israel, and a whole ton of other countries here too. Conversely, America has a bunch of consulates in their nations.

          So, now that we got that out of the way, *were* you going to explain why protesting at the Mexican consulate is a more logical choice than protesting at the Honduran or Guatemalan consulates?

          • Jason Smith

            We already explained it moron. Try to keep up.

          • Vargas Larson

            Yeah, and that explanation so far has been load of cockamamie conspiracy theorist horsesh**. Sorry for making you think so hard, I was attempting to extract a quantum of logic from y’all somehow. I guess it’s futile.

          • Jason Smith

            Committing long-term suicide for short-term gain is by definition illogical. But it is reality in this case nonetheless. Close your eyes, man, then the bear won’t see you. Smh.

          • Keith Dannemiller

            Yo no spekee tu lingo. Podria explicarme de nuevo?

        • Jason Smith

          To get their DWI migrants out of trouble.

      • Jason Smith

        Because Mexico is ignoring its own Draconian immigration laws to actively assist these “refugees” (LOL) in crashing the US border. Mexico has so much envy of America but instead of trying to catch us they prefer dragging us down with them. It is working well, just ask California.

        • Vargas Larson

          So this entire thing is a nefarious plot by Mexico to “drag us down with them?” If Mexico is “actively assisting” the Central American kids, why are their families paying coyotes to ship them over? You make it sound like Mexico is arranging for Grey Hound buses to go straight from Guatemala to the border.And why would Mexico want to “drag down” a country it heavily relies on financially? Your theory appears to have some fairly large holes in it, good sir.

          • Jason Smith

            Have you not been paying attention to the Mexican Government-sanctioned Reconquesta movement? It has only been going on since at least 1970.

            You don’t read much news I take it.

            It has plenty of “holes” in it, but Mexicans apparently don’t think that far ahead. You can see how well their shortsighted vision of “Anywhere there is a Mexican there is Mexico” has worked out for California, never mind their own failed nation state.

          • Vargas Larson

            So basically, “my explanation doesn’t have to make sense, because Mexicans are stupid” is your response to those fundamental questions of logic? Ok…

            If by news you mean “anti-immigration blogs/websites” then no, I don’t. but a quick search for “reconquista” on Google news has absolutely nothing (in English) but a Michelle Malkin column, and even that wasn’t using the word in application to some Mexican govt.-sanctioned movement to “take back” America.

            I’m sure a “movement” like that probably exists (Aztlan comes to mind), but as a small fringe group that has nothing to do with the present situation. There’s also a black supremacist group that wants a sovereign blacks-only state in the American south, and a white supremacist group that wants a whites-only homeland to be established in the Pacific Northwest. The vast majority of people are smart enough to not take them seriously. There should be a lesson for you in that somewhere.

          • Jason Smith

            I am from the Valley, fool. It isn’t a fringe movement. It is mainstream. First heard about it in elementary school back in the 70s from the horse’s mouth. It has only gotten worse.

            Ask yourself why people from Mexico refuse to assimilate–the lowest assimilation rate of any ethnic group in our history.

            Proximity.

            Overwhelming numbers.

            And a giant ancestral chip on their shoulders–“You gringos stole Texas from us and now we are gonna’ take it back.” That’s not fringe, it is at worst a near majority of opinion AND only getting worse.

            Bury your head in the sand and keep flinging your smarmy comments. Locusts don’t care they will destroy their food supply and die, they aren’t smart enough to know they’re doing it. It is an apt parallel.

            The canary in the coal mine is dead. Thank the statists both here and in Mexico for that.

          • Laura in LA

            Wait, I’m from the Valley, too, and I’ve seen no evidence this Reconquista movement is widespread/mainstream/etc. Evidence, please? And anecdotes don’t count.

          • Big Jake

            Look at every neighborhood south of Old 83 in McAllen. Drive to Brownsville on Hwy 83 and notice the Mexican flags everywhere. Go out toward Five mile Line and look around. Pledge of Allegiance no longer required in school. Go listen around in a bar if you know Spanish. The think I don’t know what they are saying because I am a Gringo.

            You are delusional if you don’t see what is happening.

          • Keith Dannemiller

            How wonderful, mano! You speak the language that lets you interact with the majority of folks in El Valle. You should be congratulated for your foresight and huevos to learn another idioma tan importante in the area where you live. This means you can partake in the great cultural imports from Mexico and elsewhere in the Hispanic world. You are a true vanguardista. You can understand the songs of Los Tigres del Norte; the florid language of Gabriel Garcia Marquez in the original; the interviews with Ginobli of the Spurs in his heavily accented Argentinian Spanish. You are absolutely correct, it is not a fringe movement and gringos like you prove it so well. Felicidades!

          • Melinda Owen Ramsey

            If you learned Spanish and listened to the plethora of radio stations that broadcast in Spanish you would have all the evidence you need. Anecdotes do count as they are true to life experiences which no logical thinker should ignore.

          • rcotterill47

            I live in the UK, hundres of thousands of illegal immigrants attempt to enter each year most enter through southern Europe or via Turkey. Many cross half a dozen countries before getting to the French coast. Each country does little to impede their progress as they know their final destination is the UK. Some, such as Italy, actively bus them North to mive them on.
            Mexico has enough poor and are taking the same stance as the bankrupt southern European countries. We have the English channel which still fails to keep them out. You needs a comprehensive border fence and effective border force because as illegal and legal immigration here has proved enourmous amounts of unskilled poor people are a drain on welfare, depress wages ironically reducing the tax revenue for the state, medical and prison services. The NHS in England is in crisis because we have far more patients than government planning and funding has allowed for. Our prisons are packed with foreign prisioners who turn out to already have extensive criminal records. Unskilled labour rates are down meaning that more are in receipt of tax credits and paying less income tax. This alone is costing the UK £30 billion($48billion) a year in lost revenue and expenses.
            Buils the fence!

          • george the sceptical

            A fifty foot fence costs how much?
            A lot more than a fifty-one foot ladder.
            Wanna learn something, Limey?
            http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/03/30/ivins.immigration/

      • MattBracken

        Why? Because Mexico is actively collaborating in the invasion by giving “transit visas” to all comers, and allowing 100s at a time to climb aboard trains for a thousand-mile journey north, passing under the noses of 100s of Mexican police, federales, and military.
        How would Canada react if the USA allowed all comers from any part of the globe to freely enter the USA, and ride trains for free to a mile of the Canadian border? It would be considered a hostile action from an enemy country. That is how Mexico is behaving, not that President Quisling cares, since he wants as many future Democrat welfare voters swamping the USA as possible.

        • geronl

          Looks like my main post was deleted. I don’t think I said anything rude or nasty in it, just pointing out some facts this publication would like people not to hear.

          • geronl

            Hundreds of thousands of foreign criminal invaders are crossing the
            border and the federal government wants to spend $250-$1,000 a day
            supporting them and you think the protesters are the bad guys?
            Seriously? Our government won’t spend that money on US citizens who are
            homeless, even our veterans are lucky to get a waiting list for
            healthcare, but these illegal invaders have no trouble getting immediate
            care on our dime. You think WE are just making stuff up? Tens of
            thousands of foreign criminals are invading our country carrying TB and
            scabies and who knows what else, and they will most likely be sharing
            classrooms with our kids…. and you don’t see the problem here?

            Illegal Foreign Criminal Invaders are the new 1%!

            Our own government has become criminal enemies of the people.

          • Laura in LA

            Ooh, censorship of Freepers.

        • Keith Dannemiller

          Sorry, Mexico has not issued a transit visa to any Central American migrant as of today. Bad info. They gave them to about 130 people three months ago, as a one-time humanitarian gesture. Get your facts straight before you spout inaccuracies.

      • geronl

        Mexico signed an agreement to allow human trafficking from those countries into the US

        • george the sceptical

          Citations please?

        • Keith Dannemiller

          Total BS. You have no idea what you are talking about, and made-up, ideological falsehoods can be smelled from a mile away. Try again

    • Laura in LA

      Actually, if the article had been written beforehand, it would undoubtedly overestimated/inflated the number of protestors. Fifteen seems too pathetic to make up.

  • Jason Smith

    You don’t understand why people are protesting at the Mexican consulate because the problem is from Central America… Really? You don’t understand the fact that Mexico is actively assisting these people by allowing them a pass through what is normally a very very secure southern Mexican border? Clown.

    • Vargas Larson

      Oh God, the fact that you think Mexico’s southern border is “normally very very secure” really shows how little you know what you’re talking about.

      • Jason Smith

        Ever been there? I have. The things they do to illegals would curl your hair.

        Their border is far smaller and more secure than ours.

        GTFO already.

      • geronl

        Do you have any idea how strict and ruthless Mexico is to illegal immigrants in their country?

        If you are in Mexico you will get no handouts, you have no right to protest or have any say in politics there. These are felonies.

  • http://www.alipac.us William Gheen

    The group of Americans holding flags stopping buses were no ‘mob’ and they did not ‘attack’ buses you lying propagandist. You must really hate your fellow countrymen to defame them so.

    • raybbr

      William, what makes you think they are “fellow countrymen”?

    • Laura in LA

      Did I miss the allegations of attacks on busses? I know that happened in Arizona, when protestors mistakenly surrounded and intimidated kids going to a YMCA camp. But I didn’t see anything about that in this article.

  • Paul J, Miller
    • Jason Smith

      One of the finest explanations of this madness ever presented.

      • 1bimbo

        i wish more on the left would watch this.. help the impoverished where they live! .. our country does a terrible job of helping our existing poor but boy does it make looney liberals feel warm and fuzzy to embrace more illegals, yet they don’t care or know what happens to them after they get here

  • Stop the Magnet

    1200 in a single day in Rio Grande Valley sector…gang affiliated teens, recruiting for gangs at holding centers, incurable TB, no sanctuary cities bill & no legislation on illegal hiring,17 trillion dollar deficit…no reason to be angry right? Just pay the bills and shut up, got that?

  • DMJo

    Wow. It’s amazing how wrong you can get. People at the protest knew why they were there. We were there because Mexico has declared safe passage of children from Guatemala and Honduras through Mexico to get to the U.S. to invade. These are not “illegal immigrants”, or “undocumented immigrants”. They are illegal aliens and they are invading our country. The children are pawns of an agenda to bring down our country and for Mexico to regain the territory that they lost because they mistreated their citizens. The plan is called Reconquista. It is not something we “fringe elements” have dreamed up. It is a real strategy.

  • Lisa Futvoye-Shepherd

    Our borders should be defended from all invaders with lethal force. All illegal immigrants currently in the US should be dropped off at their home countries embassies and prevented from leaving the embassies unless it’s to return to their home country. Or

    Instead of $3.7 billion more debt given to our children to help the recent flood of illegals, how about this: The US should suspend financial aid equal to costs plus a cushion from the country of origin of each illegal. The total costs to include the one-way ride back home.

    Then, follow all present immigration laws. Period.

  • Amy Judd

    I thought this was a news paper…Now I realize this is rhetorical satire….

  • MartinAustinTX

    The writers are “fringe.” Those of us protesting are average, hard-working, country-loving, Americans. To say we are angry because the border is not totally secured, which we’ve been told is possible is ridiculous. The fact is we have a surge of tens of thousands of young people coming across the border monthly which proves the border is not the least bit secure. It has never been “perfectly” secure. People are bringing sickness, drugs and crime into the country, with the complicity of our government, and the authors have no conception why this would make people angry?

    • Jonas Grumby

      Yeah. All 15 of you.

  • treebird

    Wow, way to misrepresent the facts!!!!! FEAR?!?! it’s not fear and it’s not the fringe!!! You just don’t want people to realize that they can make a difference if they try to make one! Liberal RAG!!!

  • Amy Judd

    The article used every play from the Democratic playbook though: rhetorical fallacies, faulty logic, scapegoating, appeals to fear, appeals to ignorance and race bating….Everything English teachers all across Texas teach our students to find and then know they are being manipulated and lied to!

  • kid_you_not

    It is clear from the tone here that this site wants to pass itself off as “liberal.” But is it liberal to destroy the lives of Americans (see video below.) If it is, come out and say it! No, these wretches are not even really “liberals.” They are cultural marxists masquerading as liberals because their true evil intent would never fly in the open.

    The new normal for working people:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waeMkka60po

  • mharper42

    The reason Mexican Embassy is picketed is MEXICO is facilitating the passage of the Central American illegals right up to our border. If Mexico would not do that, problem would be greatly reduced.

    • Vargas Larson

      “Facilitating the passage” how?

      • Jason Smith

        Don’t feed the troll.

        • mharper42

          Yeah, that numbnuts knows that Mexico used to enforce their own southern border, now I wouldn’t be surprised if Bronco Bama is paying them to steer the illegals right on through.

          • Jason Smith

            Considering the Fast and Furious debacle….and Obozo’s non-stop fundraising-in-lieu-of-defending-the-Constitution…your suggestion is not only plausible, but likely.

            (After all, he promised the Russians he would be “more flexible” after the election and delivered…)

  • Daidri Peysen-Vejil

    What a crock of shit ! I was at that rally and this rag paper wouldn’t possibly print anything positive about the people who attended. I hope when one of the many people who want to KILL Americans manage to get that suitcase nuke across the border they start by targeting the people who write this crap.

  • Toolonggone

    >Why would Mexico want Guatemalan minors to come to Texas? There’s a pause. “I’m not sure,” she says. “They must have a reason.” What’s the reason? A longer pause. “I’m not sure,” she says. Then she realizes the answer. “To hurt us. To break our economic system.”

    No wonder those who join in protest like her have no idea how the things happened, so they all shift the blame on their enemies without even bother taking a look at nation’s deep involvement in drug war with Central and South America.

    • Jason Smith

      The same thing all the Mexican nationals in my elementary school were here for: “Free lunch.” (That’s how every single one of them answered roll call back in 1980-81. The American kids answered, “Sack lunch” or paid for “Cafateria lunch” or “Milk only”.)

      They’re here for the freebies. The anchor babies and refugees of the family reunification scam Ted Kennedy screwed us with in 1965. These kids are their parents’ golden ticket to the Chocolate Factory.

      • dotherightthing4

        Check out the CFR page. Two years ago they were planning to unite countries in the Western Hemisphere into a North American Union. The new currency was to be called the Amero. They are erasing our borders to accomplish this goal. It is the NWO.

  • AmericanCITIZEN

    This author’s use of the term ‘fringe group’ is rather insulting. These are American citizens and deserve respect. From the look of this article, it is not difficult to figure out not only what sort of opinion the writer has on the subject, but also how much the writer has failed to disguise it. One suggests that further research be done and more objectivity be used when writing such an article. This is extremely unprofessional, uninformed, and lacking in facts. I will never read the Texas Observer again. I am a concerned American citizen, and I am extremely disappointed.

    • Laura in LA

      Actually, these groups are small enough to be considered “fringe”, in the same way that “Reconquista” groups are (hat tip to the other commenters who mentioned Reconquista and Aztlan).

  • Jason Smith

    I find the suggestion by the “writer”/”author” that the border can be secured is a lie laughable in the extreme. Sylvester Reyes, former Chief of the US Border Patrol’s McAllen Sector ran “Operation Hold the Line” when he was Chief of the El Paso Sector. That border was air tight. He proved it could be sealed.

    Will you stop everyone? Perhaps not. Maybe one out of a million would get by, but that sure beats the 40 million here now.

    I would also suggest the Great Wall of China was a pretty successful enterprise in its own right. Go figure.

    • Janeka

      He also implied we were stupid for being at the Mexican embassy.. Like Mexico is not complicit in this invasion.? Am I really supposed to believe 3,000,000 came across their country without notice and/or assistance.. I may be uneducated and sometimes misinformed but no one who knows me has ever accused me of being stupid, not even my teenage kids..

      • Big Jake

        Exactly. Mexico has been playing this game for a long time. They’re winning, too.

    • Laura in LA

      The only way Silvestre Reyes was able to “seal” the border in El Paso was by assigning so many agents that they could be arranged within eyesight of each other. It proved a couple of points: that this was only feasible in a city with an easily accessible border, and that it would cost too much to be continued. And it was not fool-proof, as El Pasoans like me can attest.

      • Big Jake

        It worked as intended there and in other places. It was brilliant. And it is cheap compared to the alternative. With proper fencing the manpower requirements would be a fraction of Reyes’. He did a brilliant job, so much so that the drug cartels put a price on his head beyond anything ever before seen.

        Failure is not an option–unless you are a whiny leftist who considers failure success.

  • 1bimbo

    20 million US citizens out of work.. you better believe there’s resentment.. the accusations of ‘naked racism’ is horsesh*t however

    • Jonas Grumby

      I know! If we had just passed the GOP jobs bill then … oh wait. There wasn’t one. But they passed the Dem jobs … oh wait. Filibuster.

      Yeah. America IS pissed. It’s why we elected Obama twice. The GOP should have taken the Senate back twice but just can’t because America HATES conservatism. Oh the GOP MAY take it back this time but it should be a slam dunk for them. But in 2016? Hillary and a 10 seat pickup for the Dems and that is the conservative estimate.

      So yeah. America is pissed … at you.

      • MartinAustinTX

        Oh? every statewide office in Texas is held by Republicans and the legislature will be more conservative in January than last session.

        • Laura in LA

          And all of these Republicans have solved all of the aforementioned problems, have they? Rick Perry is just now calling out Guard troops to the border, and they still won’t solve the immigration issue.

          • Pat Hines

            Oh, but the militias will solve it. We can and will use our self defense tools, we’re not under the control of a useless political class.

            I laugh about your labeling us Republican, we regard them as leftists and the Democrat Party as Marxists. We just as soon see them both gone from our lands.

          • MartinAustinTX

            The Obama Administration sued Arizona when it tried to enforce FEDERAL law. Texas is spending millions of dollars to defend our border. Texas does not have the authority to deny amnesty, which is motivating illegals to enter the country. If you can’t be honest, you should remain silent.

          • Laura in LA

            But Governor Perry can call out Guard troops to help prevent entry. Why hasn’t he done this before?

      • 1bimbo

        so how’s that ‘hope and change’ working out for you..

  • Southern Yankee

    Hooks and Rahman are more activists in the grand scheme to “transform America”. When did the fourth estate become cheerleaders for the government. What happened to journalism in America?
    This is drivel written by lickspittle syncophants pretending to report while they advocate. Dismiss them!

  • MattBracken

    “The True History of the Southwest,” by Matthew Bracken, 2014

    The fallacies surrounding the history of the Southwest are staggering, chief among them the “Aztlan” fairy tales. What is the truth? How did the Spanish Europeans conquer the Southwest? The “conquistadores” (that means “conquerors”) did it with the lance, and the lash.

    For example, in 1541 Coronado entered present-day New Mexico (which included present-day Arizona during the Spanish era) searching for the “lost cities of gold.” One of his first actions upon meeting the natives was to burn hundreds of them alive in their dwellings for not handing over suspected horse thieves. That is how Spain conquered the natives of the present US Southwest—not with hugs and kisses. It was certainly no love-fest between long-lost brown-skinned soul-mates, as it is often portrayed today by the delusional Aztlaners, who spin the “new bronze race of Mestizos” toro-mierda fable.

    By 1821, Mexico City was strong enough to overthrow the even more decrepit and ineffectual Spanish colonial rule. However, the distant provinces of the current U.S. Southwest were far beyond the reach of the authority of the independent but strife-torn and financially insolvent newborn government in Mexico City. These distant northern provinces received neither military protection nor needed levels of trade from the nascent Mexican government. Under Spanish colonial rule, trade with the USA was forbidden, but at least Spain provided trade and Army protection from hostile Indian attacks. Under Mexican abandonment and neglect, the Southwest received neither trade nor protection from Mexico City.

    For example, Comanches and Apaches ran rampant in the 1830s in the power vacuum created by Mexican neglect, burning scores of major ranches that had been active for hundreds of years and massacring their inhabitants. Mexico City could neither defend nor keep the allegiance of its nominal subjects in these regions. Nor did it provide needed levels of trade to sustain the prior Spanish colonial era standard of living. Mexican governmental influence atrophied, withered and died at the same time that American pathfinders were opening up new routes into the region.

    Increasingly, a growing United States of America was making inroads into the Southwest, via ships into California, and via wagon trains of trade goods over the Santa Fe Trail from St. Louis. The standard of living of the Spanish inhabitants of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas subsequently increased enormously, which is why they did not support Mexico City in the 1846-48 war. In fact, the Spanish-speaking inhabitants of the Southwest never considered themselves “Mexicans” at all, ever. They went, in their own eyes, from Spanish directly to American. To this very day, if you want a punch in the nose, just call a Hispanic native of New Mexico a “Mexican.”

    So how long did these self-proclaimed (but newborn), free and independent Mexican governments have even nominal jurisdiction over the American Southwest? For only 25 years, during which time they had no effective control, and the area slipped backwards by every measure until the arrival of the Americans. The Spanish inhabitants of the Southwest never transferred their loyalty from Madrid to Mexico City, because all they received from the chaotic Mexican governments was misrule, neglect, and unchecked Indian raids.

    Since then, how long has the area been under firm American control? For over 160 continuous years, during which time the former Spanish inhabitants of the region, (all the while full American citizens), have prospered beyond the wildest dreams of the Mexicans still stuck in Mexico. To compare the infrastructure, roads, schools, hospitals etc. of the two regions is to understand the truth. The Mexican government has been mired in endemic graft, corruption, nepotism and chaos from the very start until today. The ordinary Mexican peons have been trampled and abused, while only the super-rich elites have thrived. This is why millions of Mexicans want to escape from Mexico today, to enjoy the benefits of living in America that they can never hope to obtain in Mexico.

    And because today Mexico is a corrupt third-world pest-hole (despite having more millionaires and billionaires than Great Britain), we are supposed to let any number of Mexicans from Chiapas, Michoacán or Yucatan march into the American Southwest, and make some “historical claim” of a right to live there? From where does this absurd idea spring?

    At what point in history did Indians and Mestizos from Zacatecas or Durango stake a claim on the American Southwest? (2014 update: Add the citizens of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and any other nation who can reach our unguarded border.) Neither they nor their ancestors ever lived for one single day in the American Southwest. The Spanish living in the Southwest in 1846 stayed there, and became Americans by the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. There were no Spanish inhabitants of the Southwest who were marched to the border and driven into Mexico. It didn’t happen. The Spanish in the Southwest welcomed American citizenship, which brought stability, protection from Indian raids, and a vast increase in their standard of living with the increase in trade with America.

    In summary, no current inhabitants of Mexico (or Guatemala, etc.) have a claim on even one single inch of the American Southwest. Not one single citizen of Mexico is sneaking into the United States to reclaim property their ancestors were deprived of. Not one. They are criminal invaders and colonizers, pure and simple.

    It’s time Americans learned the true history of our Southwest, as a counter to the currently prevalent “Aztlan” fairy tales put out by “La Raza” (The Race), “the Brown Berets of Aztlan,” “MEChA” (the Student Movement for Aztlan, whose very symbol is a lit “mecha” or fuse on a dynamite bomb), and other radical (and usually openly communist) anti-American groups.

    2014 post script: The U.S. Constitution, in Article 4, Section 4, still mandates that the executive branch—President Barack Obama—must protect the states against invasion. Instead of protecting the states from invasion, our rogue president and his gangster henchmen are now intentionally and with forethought laying open our national borders, and are encouraging and assisting the invaders.

    How is this not treason?

    • Jason Smith

      Excellent. One cannot forget the abuses toward Texas by Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the hypocrisy and brutality of his governance, and the Texians fighting a war for independence as a result. Texas threw off Mexico, became an independent NATION, and subsequently accepted an invitation to join the United States.

      Nobody STOLE anything from Mexico.

      • Jed

        um, except texas?

        not sure what you are arguing here, if anything.

        • Big Jake

          You lost me with that left turn.

    • Laura in LA

      Ahh, the Freeper nut jobs are out in force with their inane and irrelevant verbiage.

      • Pat Hines

        We recognize an invasion when it is occurring. We don’t care what Marxists thing about it.

        We patriots, in my case southern nationalists, will stop the invasion and remove the invaders. That’s every man, woman, or offspring without regard to where they were born. We will no longer accept grants of citizenship by the USA government. We’re done with this.

  • yvonne burton

    The media pulls out the race card again, DO YOU GUY HAVE ANY OTHER PLAY? This one is getting old read this for the truth Sally Kohn…Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? – http://midsouthsentinel.weebly.com/1/post/2014/07/sally-kohnare-these-the-racist-droids-you-are-speaking-of.html

  • dotherightthing4

    Perhaps it is the writers of this article who are ignorant and not up to speed. Our government gave Mexico $2.4 Billion in the Meridia Initiative a year ago to secure MEXICO’s southern border with Guatemala and Belize to prevent illegal immigration. Mexico is not fulfilling its’ obligation. Perhaps the writers have not sent the stories that the Presidents of Mexico and Guatemala have signed an agreement called the “Southern Border Program” of fast tracking Central American immigrants across Mexico to the U.S. southern border by granting them a “Regional Visitor Card” so they may pass through Mexico unimpeded.

    The writers can take their snarky barbs and stick where the sun don’t shine. Liberal dummies.

  • yvonne burton
  • yvonne burton

    Why do you keep taking this reply down, Does it not fit your agenda ? .Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? – http://midsouthsentinel.weebly.com/1/post/2014/07/sally-kohnare-these-the-racist-droids-you-are-speaking-of.html

  • yvonne burton

    Why do you keep taking this reply down, Does it not fit your agenda ? .Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? – http://midsouthsentinel.weebly

  • yvonne burton

    Why do you keep taking this reply down, Does it not fit your agenda ? .Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? – http://midsouthsentinel.weebly

  • yvonne burton

    Why do you keep taking this reply down, Does it not fit your agenda ? .Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? – http://midsouthsentinel.weebly

  • yvonne burton

    Why do you keep taking this reply down, Does it not fit your agenda ? .Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? – http://midsouthsentinel.weebly

  • yvonne burton

    Why do you keep deleting my reply? Does it not fit with your agenda ? .Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? – http://midsouthsentinel.weebly.com/1/post/2014/07/sally-kohnare-these-the-racist-droids-you-are-speaking-of.html

  • yvonne burton

    Why do you keep deleting my reply? Does it not fit with your agenda ? .Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? http://midsouthsentinel.weebly.com/1/post/2014/07/sally-kohnare-these-the-racist-droids-you-are-speaking-of.html

  • yvonne burton

    Even though you will delete this .Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? – http://midsouthsentinel.weebly.com/1/post/2014/07/sally-kohnare-these-the-racist-droids-you-are-speaking-of.html

  • yvonne burton

    Why does Tx Observer keep deleting my reply? I am only posting facts…Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? – http://midsouthsentinel.weebly.com/1/post/2014/07/sally-kohnare-these-the-racist-droids-you-are-speaking-of.html

  • yvonne burton

    Even though this refutation will only be up a few seconds .Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? – http://midsouthsentinel.weebly.com/1/post/2014/07/sally-kohnare-these-the-racist-droids-you-are-speaking-of.html

    • Laura in LA

      Ooh, charges of non-existent censorship!

  • yvonne burton

    The Texas Observer doesn’t want the truth to get out because it refutes the premise above, if you can read this, it won’t stay up for long because it will be deleted…Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? – http://midsouthsentinel.weebly.com/1/post/2014/07/sally-kohnare-these-the-racist-droids-you-are-speaking-of.html

    • 1bimbo

      looney liberals are not going to read this or watch the videos.. it does s c r e w up their narrative

  • Pat Hines

    I remove vermin from my home, fire ants from my yard, and not because I fear them, but because they’re factually dangerous to allow existence in or on my land.

    These invaders are the same.

    They’re vermin that need to either be removed, or suffer the use of force that may be lethal. This is self defense and in self defense, one may use the amount of force necessary to stop the crime, or in this case, invasion.

    Let me state that again, these are invaders and need to be dealt with for what they are. If the US government won’t do its required duty, see Article IV of the US Constitution, then Article III applies; our state government will take over, or our organized and unorganized militias will. Perhaps a combination of state and local militias will eliminate the problem.

    • Laura in LA

      Why tone down your rhetoric? These children are “vermin” “invaders”. Would you like to add any more dehumanizing epithets? You are advocating use of lethal force against infants. Shame on you. (And I’ve already heard all the “MS13 teenager” stories — but you aren’t differentiating!)

      • Pat Hines

        The average age of these “children” is 18 years, a year older than you have to be to enter military service in the United States military.

        Your assertion is without merit.

        • Laura in LA

          What assertion? I merely pointed out that you are advocating violence against these people without exception. And I don’t think many people would be comfortable watching mothers with babies or unaccompanied minors treated that way.

  • yvonne burton

    Texas Observer, don’t you get tired of journolisting? Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? – http://midsouthsentinel.weebly.com/1/post/2014/07/sally-kohnare-these-the-racist-droids-you-are-speaking-of.html

  • yvonne burton

    Texas Observer, don’t you get tired of journolisting? Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? – http://midsouthsentinel.weebly.com/1/post/2014/07/sally-kohnare-these-the-racist-droids-you-are-speaking-of.html

  • yvonne burton

    Texas Observer, don’t you get tired of journolisting? Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? – http://midsouthsentinel.weebly.com/1/post/2014/07/sally-kohnare-these-the-racist-droids-you-are-speaking-of.html

  • geronl

    Hundreds of thousands of foreign criminal invaders are crossing the border and the federal government wants to spend $250-$1,000 a day supporting them and you think the protesters are the bad guys? Seriously? Our government won’t spend that money on US citizens who are homeless, even our veterans are lucky to get a waiting list for healthcare, but these illegal invaders have no trouble getting immediate care on our dime. You think WE are just making stuff up? Tens of thousands of foreign criminals are invading our country carrying TB and scabies and who knows what else, and they will most likely be sharing classrooms with our kids…. and you don’t see the problem here?

    Illegal Foreign Criminal Invaders are the new 1%!

    Our own government has become criminal enemies of the people.

  • yvonne burton

    Texas Observer, don’t you get tired of journolisting? Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? – http://midsouthsentinel.weebly.com/1/post/2014/07/sally-kohnare-these-the-racist-droids-you-are-speaking-of.html

  • Peace Love Bunny

    Why do you hate white people, TexasObserver? Why do you hate the rule of law? Why do you hate Americans having jobs? What did we ever do to you?

    Why do you hate us?

    • 1bimbo

      liberals are ignorant and blind.. they live in ivory towers and think it makes them powerful that they’ve taken some sort of ‘moral high ground’ on helping the poor. when in reality they’re dooming impoverished US citizens, veterans and promoting the destruction of our own limited resources and services.. you better believe the current regime wants to turn america into a 3rd world country..

      • Peace Love Bunny

        Liberals often tell me that the nefarious motives I assign to Obama are untrue.

        I respond: “Ok. So let us stipulate that you are right, [liberal], and that he has no desire to destroy America, alienate our allies, and empower our enemies. With that premise, let me ask: If he *did* have these motives, tell me what it is he would do different?”

  • yvonne burton

    Texas Observer don’t you get tired of spinning and suppressing the truth? Are These The Racist Droids You Are Speaking of??? – http://midsouthsentinel.weebly.com/1/post/2014/07/sally-kohnare-these-the-racist-droids-you-are-speaking-of.html

  • 1bimbo

    illegal aliens take jobs of the working poor US citizens especially minorities.. the US middle class will saddle most of the financial burden and have more delays to receive government resources.. the wealthy will move their money elsewhere.. so the progressives socialist liberal democrats have doomed america to 3rd world status.. thanks a lot donkey party

    • geronl

      Hundreds of thousands of foreign criminal invaders are crossing the
      border and the federal government wants to spend $250-$1,000 a day
      supporting them and you think the protesters are the bad guys?

      Illegal Foreign Criminal Invaders are the new 1%!

      Our own government has become criminal enemies of the people.

  • yvonne burton
  • Jonas Grumby

    Awwww. Look at the 15 or so little TeaBags. How cute.

    Old white nitwits versus all of America. Amusing.

    • 1bimbo

      blacks and hispanics – you know, the ones with the most to lose – are protesting the illegal aliens too.. so your race baiting is grade A bullsh*t

    • dotherightthing4

      You are an idiot. Blacks and Hispanics are protesting. Hispanics are leading the protests. If you had an I.Q. above 50 or understood anything greater than your video game you would know this. The Tea Party IS America–they are informed and engaged unlike you.

      Cloward and Piven; Check out the CFR page. Two years ago they were planning to unite countries in the Western Hemisphere into a North American Union. The new currency was to be called the Amero. They are erasing our borders to accomplish this goal. It is the NWO.

      This is about fundamentally transforming America–how many times has Obama said it? Don’t you believe him?

      • Laura in LA

        The Tea Party is overwhelmingly composed of (self-identified) white, older, wealthier Americans.

        • dotherightthing4

          The Tea Party is overwhelmingly composed of people who are patriotic and LOVE America and want the Constitution upheld–it has been consistently violated by this administration and by the previous one also. And what does your comment have to do with the FACTS I presented. Have you nothing of substance to post?

          • Laura in LA

            I am very interested in what you say, but I don’t find the CFR persuasive as more than another fringe website.

          • dotherightthing4

            Council on Foreign Relations is certainly not fringe—it steers everything on the globe.

        • dotherightthing4

          BTW—the surnames of the people heading the protests in our area are Rivera, Herrera and Villareal—hardly old, White folks.

        • Pat Hines

          Wrong answer. The leadership of the TEA Partys is irrelevant. The leadership of the Southern Nationalist Movement are both young and old. They vary from their late 20s to over 60.

          This video is of someone, with a graduate degree from a major university, who is 38 years old. Really, you have no idea what’s going on, but you will.

          http://youtu.be/hPvhdZMBNmo

          • Laura in LA

            I’m not talking about the leadership (of what, anyway? It isn’t a party or single organization). I’m talking about individuals who identify with the Tea Party movement in interviews and polls. Yes, there are people who don’t fit the demographic, but they are a small minority.

            I myself was interested in the original Tea Party fiscal principles, but injecting social issues into the movement drove many people away.

          • dotherightthing4
        • Big Jake

          Tell that to all the Hispanics down here in the Valley who fired Solomon Ortiz. There aren’t many Anglos down here any more. Oh, and most so-called Hispanics *are* White, idiot.

    • Peace Love Bunny

      You are a racist, ageist bastard.

    • Pat Hines

      Wrong answer. The TEA Partys are weak sisters compared to us. You have no idea what’s about to happen.

      You will.

  • TX MINUTEMAN

    SECURE THE U.S. / MEXICAN BORDER AND AN END TO $113 BILLION A YEAR COST OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION….REMINDER; THERE ARE OVER 300,000 ILLEGAL ALIENS IN U.S. JAILS…..IN TEXAS THERE ARE 30 “ILLEGAL ALIENS” ON DEATH ROW FOR HORRIFIC CRIMES AGAINST AMERICAN CITIZENS !!….$3.3 TRILLION DOLLARS=COST OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION SINCE 1983 AMNESTY !!….DEMOCRATS LED THE WAY TO DEFUND 700 MILE DUAL LAYERED BORDER FENCE PER SECURE FENCE ACT 2006….IF OBAMA CAN SEND THOUSANDS OF NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS TO POLICE IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN 7,000 MILES AWAY; THEN THEY SHOULD SEND NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS TO MILITARIZE OUR MEXICAN BORDER PERMANENTLY. (NATIONAL GUARD USED IN MIDDLE EAST SINCE 1990’S DESERT STORM)

    • chuke

      Here’s the truth about the border and why it has never been secured or never will be. American employers profit from the labor of illegal immigrants, and that’s been true for decades; gun manufacturers and gun sellers make billions of dollars from gun trafficking to the drug cartels; and our fellow Americans can’t get enough of anything we can swallow, snort, inject and smoke. So if you really want to secure the border, then get immigrant Cruz to stop drugs flowing into America and guns flowing out to Mexico and Central America. And then get Canadian Cuban Ted to get behind President Obama’s crackdown on all the good ole boys who employ illegal immigrants.

  • Army wife

    Hey this was a great progressive driven article. We are not angry with the people going in and out of the consulate. I did not see any brass from that building come out to talk with us. In fact, their guard asked us to leave “our sidewalk”. in front of their consulate. Mexico is enabling and even helping these “children” cross through their country. The Mexican government has also been complicit in their citizens crossing the border for decades. Yet, they hold our marine who could not turn around after a missed turn into Mexico. Read the news Observer. Apparently you (the Observer honcho’s) are OK with this invasion. We, the taxpayers are not.

    • Laura in LA

      I hate to break it to you, but many American taxpayers have relied on Mexican labor for decades. These workers have continuously raised the quality of life in many border states for working- and middle-class people, and now they do so across the U.S. Our produce would not be as affordable, our babysitters as available, were it not for Latin American labor. An ugly picture? Yes, but it’s also accurate.

      • dotherightthing4

        You are correct to a point but we now have drug cartels and Islamic terrorists crossing our border. Hezbollah has been in Venezuela since 2005 and established a Base in Cuba 3 years ago. They are working with the cartels. You don’t think they could smuggle in a nuclear weapon as easily as they smuggle in drugs? We are talking national security. When drug cartels hang police in effigy from a bridge in border towns with sign in Spanish stating “silver or lead”—Houston–we have a serious problem. This is not 1950 with folks that just pick crops or clean houses. This is a new and dangerous world. Wake up.

        • Laura in LA

          This I do agree with, and I think we need to focus on the terrorist aspect. I’ve been looking for data about this; have you found any? For example, apparently there are quite a few kids from India (!) in this most recent influx — not that I’m accusing them of potential terrorism, but I was a bit surprised to read about them using this mode of entry.

          I really am not in favor of open borders, but I think people who want to seal the border and deny long-standing cross-border relationships and traditions are naive.

          • Big Jake

            Long-standing cross border relationships did not include welfare, anchor babies, and Reconquesta. They also didn’t include stealing water out of Falcon Dam/Amistad to keep Mexican Farmers in business and bankrupt the American ones.

          • dotherightthing4

            I have been to many events featuring high level experts with first hand knowledge and actual photos–I can’t believe you don’t know this. A simple google search will reveal plenty. Since 2005 planes with blank passenger manifests have been flying into Venezuela and disembarking at separate terminals. These are Hezbollah and have been working with the cartels to launder money. There have been prayer rugs and beads found all along the border. We have terrorist training camps/compounds right here on U.S. soil.
            Just put key words in your search engine. You can find it all.

            Three years ago Iran launched a Spanish only satellite to broadcast anti-American propaganda across Mexico and South America. Now why do you think they would do that? Hezbollah established a base in Cuba with 23 Hezbollah agents 3 years ago. Ever hear of an EMP? Over 90 pounds of nuclear material was just stolen by ISIS.
            Too much to tell you in a comment section. Do your own research.

      • Pat Hines

        Utter garbage. Go here for the real story of the damage these invaders are causing, both physically, culturally, and economically. They are a negative on all counts.

        http://www.vdare.com

        • Laura in LA

          Garbage? Tell it to the El Pasoans who have and continue to rely onMexican workers for elder and child care, restaurant employees, crop pickets in the Mesilla Valley, etc. ad nauseum. And that’s just one example.

          • Big Jake

            We don’t need them. If illegals weren’t doing it someone else would.

      • Big Jake

        “Rely on” no. “Take advantage of” yes. People don’t spend more than they have to. The difference is, instead of Anglo teen lawn mowing services now we have illegal alien Mexican lawn mowing services.

        The notion Americans won’t do it is ludicrous. My great grandfather dug ditches for a dollar a day. Where there is a need there will be a service. We don’t need illegals to get these things done.

  • Clayton

    If there were millions of Swedish bikini models rather than millions of poor, brown people coming to the country this conversation would not be taking place. Racist much?

    • Big Jake

      Swedish bikini models aren’t diseased law breaking drug cartel gangbangers.

  • Jed

    wow.

  • getreal5

    REMEMBER THE ALAMO! The mexicans do!